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Dancing Workouts - Fitness Dances To Tone Up

With the new trends brining fitness to the forefront of our daily lives dancing has become main stream for health and wellness. Ballroom, Ballet, Jazz and Square dancing have always been available locally through community. Square dancing is taught in PhysEd through Elementary and Secondary schools as well as some churches but these classes have grown exponentially in popularity bringing Hip Hop along with it.

Combo dance and martial arts is also a new trend. Variety and choice is the key to keeping people interested. To keep participants moving it seems instructors have figured that class diversity pulls more people in and companies are now offering huge variety in the dance options available which are not only for serious dance buffs but also for the exercise enthusiast whom chooses dance as their fitness tool.

Paula Abdul tapped into this trend by the late 80s but turning normal aerobics into a dance class with cool new moves to learn while making you sweat yet not realizing you are working because of the fun you have doing the moves. She had a moderate hip hop style meshed with jazz basics and a touch of her own creative style which was utilized in music videos from artists such as Janet Jackson.

Hip Hop has also blended into other types of dance such as ballroom as seen in the 2005 movie Take the Lead featuring Antonio Banderas. There was a time when age was attached to the style of dance chosen but this is no longer a fact.

Break dance has become extremely acrobatic with phenomenal strength feats attached. Moves taken from the Brazilian art called Capoeira are mixed into popping and locking hip hop routines.

Fitness Competitions seem to follow the trend but at an extreme level considering the dieting and leaning factors expected along with the fitness performance. This makes it even harder on the athlete being they are on limited carb intakes and lower calorie ketone diets.

Gymnastic tricks make up half the break dancing and hip hop routines using flips and twists which have increased the levels of difficulty with dance to new heights.

Choose a dance you have always wanted to try, picking the higher energy classes for those whom are injury free and want cardio and fat loss combined, meanwhile choosing lower energy styles of dance for those seeking moderation and less physical difficulty yet make sure you are moving for 30-60 minutes on average in order to be effective in fitness attainment. Before trying out the higher level classes, you should take New York dance lessons to ensure you're ready for the next step. The great thing is you can move up one level or try another style of dance at a later date to keep your fitness peaked and exciting.

Key points are to ensure proper hydration pre, during and post class. Use small time slots to practice on your own in the event your classes only fall once per week. Ensure proper nutrient intake to support the caloric output added to your body when you commence dance classes. Lastly you need to make sure to warm up, stretch and stretch again at the end to keep limber an avoid injury such as strains or sprains. Pulled muscles can set you back for months. Be safe and have fun while you learn some moves which you can show off at the club or next wedding!

By Linda Cusmano





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